In response to nationwide changes to the requirements for accreditation of Athletic Training education, all programs are transitioning from a bachelor’s degree program in Athletic Training to a master’s degree program in athletic training. As a result and effective the Academic Year 2019-20, the Bachelor’s of Science in Athletic Training degree program at San Diego State University (SDSU) will no longer be accepting applications for new incoming freshman. Current students admitted Fall 2018 and prior will be matriculated through the Athletic Training pre-major and will be eligible to apply to the Athletic Training major through Spring 2020.
The program will be available for new incoming transfer applicants for the next two years. Please note that beginning with fall 2021, new transfer students will not be allowed to apply to this major.
SDSU will continue to accept undergraduates into the BS – Kinesiology degree program which will allow students to complete the necessary prerequisites to apply to a Master’s Degree Program in Athletic Training. SDSU has begun the transitional steps toward developing of the curriculum for the Masters of Science in Athletic Training. The proposed program is contingent on final program authorization from the CSU Chancellor’s Office.
More information about the accreditation of Athletic Training education, and the professional degree change, can be found on the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) website.
For specific information, or questions, regarding the professional degree change at San Diego State University, please contact Denise Lebsack, firstname.lastname@example.org, Athletic Training Program Director.
The Athletic Training major is a CAATE accredited undergraduate major. The program leads students to a career in athletic training and eligibility to sit for the Board of Certification athletic training examination.
Certified athletic trainers are responsible for the prevention, management, and rehabilitation of athletic and physically active injuries. They work in such diverse areas as high schools, community colleges, universities, sports medicine clinics, corporate/industrial settings, and professional athletics.
The Athletic Training program is comprised of two components of study, a pre-professional program and a professional program.
The professional program requires application to the program and includes a clinical education component. The clinical education component is an intensive, hands-on service learning program that provides students with the opportunity to apply psychomotor skills in a real athletic environment under the direct supervision of a certified Athletic Trainer. Students are given the opportunity to practice what they learn in a variety of clinical education settings included, but not limited to:
- Department of Athletics at San Diego State University
- University of California, San Diego
- University of San Diego
- Grossmont Community College
- San Diego Mesa Community College
- Cuyamaca Community College
- San Diego City College
- Southwestern Community College
- Rancho Bernardo High School
- Cathedral Catholic High School